On Friday (Sept. 23), the Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA) announced the 2022 Western Canadian Music Award Artistic winners. The only multiple winners on the night were Snotty Nose Rez Kids, in the Indigenous Artist of the Year, Rap & Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, and Recording of the Year categories. SNRK had been considered one of the favourites for the Polaris Music Prize earlier in the week, but lost to Pierre Kwenders.
Other notable WCMA victors included Nice Horse, Sweet Alibi, Nuela Charles, The Garrys, Sam Lynch, Astrocolor, and The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer.
The awards event featured a live-streamed broadcast, and an in-person watch party in BreakOut West 2022 host city, Calgary. The broadcast featured performances by winners Nuela Charles (Pop Artist) and The Garrys (BreakOut Artist).
The winners of the 2022 Western Canadian Music Industry Awards will be revealed at the Industry Awards Brunch on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre.
A full list of 2022 WCMAward Artistic winners and nominees in both the artistic and industry categories can be found here.